Body butter or body lotion? 3 questions to help you choose!
1. How dry is your skin?
2. Do you have body acne?
Body acne is irritating and painful, and the reasons are less obvious than facial acne. (Got facial acne? Check this out) If you are prone to body acne, skip the butters and stick to lotions. It reduces chances of clogged pores and excess oiliness that can aggravate body acne.
3. Are you looking for added benefits ?
- Their formulation is inherently oil-phase dominated and pose a challenge when you have to balance out hydration efficacy and other benefits
- More importantly, by their very nature, butters are occlusive - that is are designed not to allow stuff to pass out of (and therefore into) skin. So your skin ain't going to absorb much of what's put inside the butter such as SPF or sun-care. (read more on sun protection here)
Bonus: Technical trivia: is a body butter just a thicker lotion?
No. It's not just the consistency that's thicker. Inherently heavier oils and butters, and more of them, are usually part of body butter formulations, to help the skin retain as much moisture as possible. Lotions can vary all the way from a light gel texture to slightly heavier emulsions.
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